Guwahati, September 20 (NKTV): Former Chief Minister of Assam and Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal today virtually flagged off the dwarf container train service from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
With this, the first consignment of laden Dwarf containers from the Dwarf container depot (DCD) at the port was moved by train to ICD Kanpur.
The ‘Dwarf Containers’ are lesser in height by 660 mm than normal ISO containers, giving them a logistical edge. The low height of dwarf containers loaded on trailers can pass through rural, semi-urban and urban roads, through limited height subways & level crossing in electrified sections.
The ‘Dwarf Containers’ also provide a 67% increase in volume when double-stacked and can carry a weight of 71 tons, against 40 tons by an ISO container.
In addition, Indian Railways has offered a 17% discount on haulage cost compared to double stack ISO container trains, resulting in an overall 33% discount to shippers.
Sonowal said that dwarf containers are port-friendly and can be manufactured in India at a cost-efficient price, thereby opening-up opportunities for Make in India.